Soak up the beauty that the Portland area has to offer with weekend activities that get your family outside and active. Fly through the trees, take a forested bath or hang out with our local animals. Curious about how you can fit this all in to your weekend of family fun? Read on to find out more.

photo by Annette Benedetti

Zip Line at Pumpkin Ridge

Go for a two-hour zipline experience, led by highly experienced guides. Explore the canopy and reach heights of up to 120 feet hig. or a two-hour zipline experience, led by highly experienced guides. Explore the canopy and reach heights of up to 120 feet high. Event Details.

Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure

Open Thursday through Monday, this cool spot has six aerial obstacle courses total. They are set high in the trees and make for an exciting and unique experience. All activities are self-guided. There are trained guides always nearby to offer a helping hand, and everyone is secured in harnesses for the duration of each activity. Each course includes a sequence of challenging obstacles between the trees (more than 60 altogether). Specific obstacle components include Tarzan swings, balance beams, ladders, wobbly bridges, tight ropes, and more. Event Details.

Forest Bathing Walk

Experience a two-hour guided forest bathing walk through Hoyt Arboretum’s unique tree collection and forested areas. Forest Bathing (also known as Forest Therapy) offers many health benefits from stress relief to immune system and mood support. Shawna Hartung is a certified guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She has over 20 years of experience leading nature-based programs for youth and adults in the Pacific Northwest. Event Details.

SKATEMOBILE on the Waterfront

This unique, socially-distanced outdoor skating event is coming to the Hampton Opera Center parking lot every weekend through the month of May. Tickets are limited to 75 attendees per session and go fast, reserve your spot in advance. Skate rentals available, or BYO gear for some sunny-day skating fun! Event Details.

Wings and Waves Preview

Get ready to splash, squeal and shoot down slides at Wing and Waves! It’s reopening and offering special preview hours. Enjoy one admission to Wings and Waves Waterpark for four hours from 4 – 8 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. Must present ticket voucher at Admissions. Tickets are non-refundable. Event Details.

Saturday Pearson Field Education Center

Open by reservation each Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Pearson Field Education Center is the ideal location for youth of all ages to experience STEM education through aviation. They feature a flight simulator lab, vertical wind table, glider building, historic airplanes and collections on display, and various educational programs. Event Details.

Visit the Oregon Zoo

Lions, tigers and Bears! Oh my! Let your whole family experience the wild wonders at the Oregon Zoo. Now open for visitors! Make sure to reserve your tickets in advance. Check the website for updates on COVID safety protocols. Event Details.

Plan a Picnic

Enjoy the beautiful Spring weather with a picnic at a local park. You’ll find some of our top picnic spots here.

Check Out These Nearby National Parks

Go on a true Pacific Northwest-y adventure when you visit some of the incredible nearby National parks. Soak up nature’s miracles and make memories with your family at these awesome spots.

—Annette Benedetti